See a powerful new video report released just yesterday on the problems of police violence in Palm Beach County, Florida. In it, they call out the patterns and practices of discrimination and corruption in the county. read more
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's top drug enforcement official is stepping down, the Justice Department said Tuesday, after her agency's reputation was tarnished by a scandal over sex parties with prostitutes and she broke with President Obama on drug policy. read more
In a CNN special to be aired on Sunday, not only will President Barack Obama state his full support of medical marijuana, he'll also advocate for alternative models of drug abuse treatment which don't involve incarceration. read more
Phillip Smith, AlterNet: President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 convicted federal drug offenders. With that action, he has doubled the number of commutations he has issued since taking office in January 2009. The prisoners who got their sentences cut were all convicted of possession of drugs with intent to distribute. Many of those were convicted under harsh crack cocaine sentencing laws adopted in the 1980s and at least partially rolled back during the Obama administration. The sentences were typically 20 years or longer, with most of the prisoners having already served more than a decade behind bars. read more
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who launched his 2016 presidential campaign last Monday, described Indiana's new law to allow businesses to discriminate as an effort to support "religious liberty." Cruz said, "I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition. There was a time, not too long ago, when defending religious liberty enjoyed strong bipartisan support. ... I'm proud to stand with Mike, and I urge Americans to do the same." Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows business owners to ban gay customers if they claim serving them would violate their religious beliefs, has sparked a boycott Indiana movement on social media.